Alabama bridge named for trucker

| 4/29/2002

The replacement for a Birmingham, AL, bridge destroyed in a truck crash will be named in honor of the truckdriver who lost his life in an effort to spare others. The new bridge was built in less than 40 days.

The original Interstate 65 south bridge at the junction with I-20/59 was destroyed Jan. 5, when a tanker truck driven by Tim Dison of Killen, AL, jackknifed into the bridge supports after reportedly swerving to avoid a car that cut in front of him. The crash killed Dison and the resulting heat from the fire caused the steel girders in the overpass to buckle and bend the ramp.

Rep. John Rogers of Birmingham sponsored a resolution in the state legislature naming the structure the Tim Dison Memorial Bridge. "It is most appropriate to recognize Tim Dison in an enduring manner, a husband of almost 14 years and father of two preschool sons, for his brave and selfless action during this tragic event," Rogers said in the resolution. A ceremony to officially name the bridge will be held as soon as signs are made.